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Tricks of the Trade: Race Riding During The Travers

What, exactly, were Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah and Frosted’s rider, Jose Lezcano, doing as the two horses rounded the final turn into the home stretch of Saturday’s $1.6-million Travers at Saratoga? This much I know: They weren’t playing footsie. … Continue reading

Texas Horsemen: ‘No Confidence In Future’ After Temporary Funding Deal

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday that House Appropriations Chairman John Otto has agreed to a proposal by Senate Legislative Budget Board members to fund the Texas Racing Commission for three months. However, the horsemen’s organization representing Thoroughbred and Quarter … Continue reading

Treasures Abound Inside and Outside of Racing Museum’s Vault

Even after working as curator for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for three years, Victoria Tokarowski admits she still has moments of being taken aback when she takes a trip to the museum’s vault of artifacts. … Continue reading

American Pharoah: Is The Show Over?

In the immediate aftermath of Keen Ice’s upset victory over heavily favored American Pharoah in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, owner Ahmed Zayat hinted that the Triple Crown champion son of Pioneerof the Nile may have run his last … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when you have super mare Beholder putting … Continue reading

Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California while working … Continue reading

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto New York, back to California, cross-country to New Jersey, and … Continue reading

Women And Horses Find Healing, Conquer Change Together

The scene at Long Shadows Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. is like something out of a painting. Valeria Buck’s rescue dogs and cats frolic on grassy hills at the foot of the Adirondacks. Thoroughbreds graze overlooking a lake mirroring a nearly … Continue reading

Use With Caution: Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of Corticosteroids

As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as Depo-Medrol. New York officials issued a statement warning horsemen and veterinarians not to … Continue reading

RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire … Continue reading

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